MotoGP »

Rossi posts impressive race pace

How close to race winning team-mate Jorge Lorenzo could Valentino Rossi have got without being held up in traffic during the Qatar MotoGP?

That was the question being widely debated after Sunday's race.

Lorenzo rode from pole to a dominant six-second victory over Rossi. The reigning champion punched out a peerless pace during the first half of the race, then monitored his advantage to the end.

Rossi had a very different route to the podium. Starting from seventh on the grid, Rossi dropped back to that position again after a mistake on lap two.

The Italian, riding in his first Yamaha race since 2010, then became stuck behind Stefan Bradl. Rossi finally broke free of the LCR Honda on lap 8 of 22 and went on to catch and pass the podium group ahead.

It is impossible to know how fast Lorenzo could have gone if he had been pushed by his rivals for longer. However two things about Rossi's race performance stand out from the other riders.

The first is that Rossi was the only person to set any sub 1m 56s laps during the second half of the race. He set five of them. The second is that Rossi's lap times kept getting faster until lap 16 of 22. Most others had peaked by lap 4, when the tyres were at their freshest.

Overall, rookie Marc Marquez set the fastest lap of the race, by 0.124s over Lorenzo and 0.311s over Rossi. Marquez and Lorenzo set their best times on laps 3 and 2 respectively.

Rossi had openly been in awe of Lorenzo's speed and consistency during race simulations in winter testing. But if the Qatar performance is anything to go by, Rossi is now more than ready to go the distance...

Lap : Lorenzo - Rossi - Marquez
Lap 1 : 2'01.783 - 2'02.752 - 2'03.306
Lap 2 : 1'55.569 - 1'57.209 - 1'56.054
Lap 3 : 1'55.684 - 1'56.382 - 1'55.445
Lap 4 : 1'55.644 - 1'56.315 - 1'55.807
Lap 5 : 1'55.820 - 1'56.691 - 1'56.180
Lap 6 : 1'55.947 - 1'56.802 - 1'56.401
Lap 7 : 1'55.900 - 1'56.974 - 1'56.198
Lap 8 : 1'55.856 - 1'56.396 - 1'56.253
Lap 9 : 1'56.051 - 1'56.408 - 1'56.035
Lap 10: 1'55.893 - 1'56.469 - 1'56.584
Lap 11: 1'56.171 - 1'56.173 - 1'56.545
Lap 12: 1'56.196 - 1'55.921 - 1'56.416
Lap 13: 1'56.102 - 1'56.326 - 1'56.398
Lap 14: 1'56.062 - 1'55.912 - 1'56.695
Lap 15: 1'56.444 - 1'55.986 - 1'56.493
Lap 16: 1'56.333 - 1'55.756 - 1'56.362
Lap 17: 1'56.284 - 1'56.144 - 1'56.527
Lap 18: 1'56.076 - 1'56.168 - 1'56.765
Lap 19: 1'56.173 - 1'56.531 - 1'56.770
Lap 20: 1'56.331 - 1'56.252 - 1'56.336
Lap 21: 1'56.289 - 1'56.328 - 1'56.414
Lap 22: 1'57.194 - 1'55.897 - 1'56.019

Sub 1m 56s laps shown in bold
Fastest lap of each rider underlined
Riders listed chose the same front and rear tyre options.



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Rossi, Marquez, Pedrosa, Qatar MotoGP Race 2013
Rossi at 2016 Monza Rally Show (Monster)
Marquez at FIM Gala
Jorge Lorenzo, Mercedes AMG Petronas, Silverstone [Credit: Monster Energy]
Home town party for MotoGP champion Marquez
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Alex Marquez, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Alex Marquez, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Alex Marquez, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016
Alex Marquez, Jerez Moto2/3 test, November 2016

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


rossi fan - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 5:48 PM

Very interesting to see that Lorenzo never really let up, what an obsolute robot. also, Rossi's times are amazing considering he was battling for much of that, and as soon as he got by marquez he popped off another 55! Clearly the only guy who could've challenged Lorenzo's pace. It also adds credence to his claim of being blocked by traffic in qually, he practically ran a qually lap for half the race!!

tedleaf

April 08, 2013 6:48 PM

why are folk surprised about vale's second half pace ? try and remember, he is SEVEN times world champ. he's famous for being able to ride 500cc old syle(vintage now) pocket rockets, he could outride anyone else on dead rubber.these 1000cc are no worse and probably easier than 500's on boots. he famous for mastering no grip circumstances better than anyone else. he willing to tank bash with other tank bashers. folk seem to have forgotten why he is also nick named the GOAT. and why he is the only gp er with his own army of fans, the fans that moto gp needs..



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.